tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN June 7, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PDT
that is it for us. thank you so much for watching. "early start" with john berman and christine romans begins now. >> breaking overnight. hillary clinton's historic moment securing enough delegates to be the presumptive nominee. what happens when people vote today with a primary challenger who won't give up? donald trump refusing to back down for saying an american judge cannot be fair because of his mexican heritage? the new growing concern within the gop. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is tuesday, june 7th, 2016.
breaking news. hillary clinton is the presu presumptive nominee. it was not expected to be possible until this evening. with a strong showing in the puerto rico primary and newly added super delegates from a cnn canvas. hillary clinton as 2,384 delegates. that is one more than needed to clinch the nomination. this is an historic moment. hillary clinton is the first woman to become a major party's presumptive nominee. she is not celebrating yet. in fact, it clear she did not want this moment to happen yet. not with voters in six states casting ballots in the final super tuesday of the primary season. cnn's brianna keilar with the clinton campaign in california with more. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. hillary clinton and her campaign are not saying commission accomplished about the reports. they want to make sure voter turnout in support of clinton is
not dampened in new jersey and california and other states voting today. she was asked about the reports seven times by cnn's reporter. she said she heard, but did not response once. >> according to the news, we are on the brink of an historic, unprecedented moment. but we still have work to do, don't we? we have six elections tomorrow. and we're going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in california. >> reporter: it's also a fine line that hillary clinton is walking. her campaign actually campaigning off this news saying its all thanks to you. seriously. this primary isn't quite over. she wants to focus on new jersey
where the campaign is feeling good and on california where it really is up for grabs and so important for her to win this huge delegate haul of a state with 475 delegates to show strength moving into the general election especially as bernie sanders is saying he is taking the fight to the convention in july. >> thank you, brianna keilar. bernie sanders rejecting the idea that hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee. his campaign releasing this statement. secretary clinton does not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. she will be dependent on super delegates who do not vote until july 25th. our job from now until the convention is to convince the super delegates that bernie is the strongest candidate against donald trump. this, as sources tell cnn,
president obama has called sanders and may endorse clinton this week. more from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, bernie sanders says the voters of california, new jersey and four other states that vote today should have their say before any declarations are made. bernie sanders is campaigning on monday as well closing with the rally in san francisco. this was his message to voters asking them to get out and vote and support his candidacy. >> if there is a large voter turnout, if working people and young people come out in big numbers to demand a government that represents all of us and not just the 1%, we're going to win big tomorrow. and if we can win here in
california, win in south dakota, north dakota, montana, new mexico, do well in new jersey, we're going to go into that convention with enormous momentum. >> reporter: there's no question that bernie sanders will have a decision to make after this long democratic primary road ends. he has won 20 states. secretary clinton has won 24. never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined he would be this successful. many of his supporters want him to go to the convention. that requires overturning the will of the delegates. it is important to know that sanders is going to reassess after the vote comes in tonight. he will fly back to burlington on thursday. no question, bernie sanders, a major success in the campaign now has to decide how he plans to leave it. john and christine.
>> jeff zeleny, thanks so much. extraordinary developments on the republican side of the race. donald trump not backing down from the criticism within his party. he attacked the federal judge in the lawsuit. trump called the judge a hater. now sources tell cnn that donald trump held a conference call with surrogates and all but ordered them to turn up the attacks on the judge. two sources on the call said he will not apologize and lashed out at his campaign for a memo suggesting that they refrain from comment on the matter. trump was not apologizing overnight, but trying to focus on other issues. listen. >> i don't care if the judge is mexican or not. i will do great with the mexicans. we're being treated unfairly, bill. very unfairly. i want to talk about how lousy
the economy is and how badly we're doing against isis. how badly we're going on the border. all they want to talk about is trump university. >> let's break it down for trump, sanders and clinton. we have eugene scott with us in the washington bureau. let's talk about the conference call with the surrogates. we were getting details late into the evening about who was on the call and the tone. walk me through what happened on the call and how donald trump in the end sticking to his guns about the judge in the case. >> we saw people on the call with e-mails circulating how best surrogates could respond to the media after this issue. that is after we saw a few republican leaders push back on donald trump's statement. so they wanted to see, i'm sure,
how people closer to the trump campaign were responding to this situation. donald trump being consistent with who he has shown himself to be as far as doubling down on his words which is not very supportive in terms of the idea of pushing back or walking away from those words. instead, doubling down as well. >> john, do you think it shows donald trump is not managed by the people around him. he is in charge of the tone and tenor of the campaign? >> i have never heard of a candidate being on that call him or herself and that candidate overruling the message that the campaign is sending out to the people. it is not something that happens typically in campaigns. >> welcome to 2016. >> donald trump is doing this because he is getting near universal criticism from his own party. particularly among the establishment. you heard from newt gingrich and
mitch mcconnell. now you are hear it from marco rubio who had been moving toward donald trump more. it didn't sound like that yesterday. listen to this. >> i made a commitment during the race i would support the nominee of my party. this is not the choice i wanted us to have. i ran myself. look, i continue to have strong disagrees on him with a bunch of issues that i do not agree with and i'm disturbed by the way he keeps referring to this judge, an american born in indiana, who he continues to raise issues about. i hope he'll stop doing that. that's what the voters -- this is the choice the voters have given us. we will see what happens. >> how do you describe that face? it looks like he just drank sour milk right there? he is still saying he is supporting. he will vote for donald trump. he is not happy about it one bit. >> it makes you wonder what would it take for someone like
marco rubio who has been very vocal about principle. he said he will support the nominee based on principle. what would it take for him to say i actually cannot support donald trump. he has said too much and his policies are too different. i will choose a different approach to the election in november. you just wonder what it would take. >> quickly, i want to show you a tweet that arnold schwarzenegger put out yesterday. he originally appointed that judge. gonzalo curiel is the american hero who stood up to the mexican cartels. i was proud to support him when i was governor. a lot was made in the statements yesterday about the track record of this judge. anything but what donald trump has been portraying out there. in fact, do you think donald trump -- i don't know overlook what's happening in the trump
university case? what it says about him as a businessman and instead focusing on the judge? >> that is what clinton believes. she made a statement yesterday. it is not about the judge and his comments about muslim judges. this case that is property up is deeply problematic. hillary clinton was commenting on how bad donald trump would be for the economy which is very important as that is one of the key areas of interest for many voters and it is also one of the areas that donald trump banks on most given his professional business experience. it is not surprising that his strategy could possibly be let's distract people's eyes to this section over here. hillary clinton seems to be on to it. >> let's talk about what happened overnight. the breaking news. hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee for the
democratic party. that's huge development in and of itself. another development we heard in the last 24 hours. barack obama, the president of the united states, will endorse the presumptive nominee this week. we can expect this tomorrow, eugene. >> that is significant news considering how this election has gone so far. i think, you know president obama would want to make an endorsement before now, but things remain tight. the bernie sanders campaign believes things are actually not as wrapped up as many people believe. so i think the president was just being cautious and respectful as possible. he has been clear about how important it is that his legacy not only be continued from a personal perspective, but ideas and agenda that he believes is best for america move forward. i think all signs clearly point to him believing that hillary clinton is the best person to do
that. >> when president obama says hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee, that will make it very hard for bernie sanders, i think, to continue on. eugene scott, thank you. donald trump last night as you heard said the economy is terrible. he wants to focus on that. if donald trump becomes president, the economy will tank according to larry summers. the 61-year-old calls trump the most dangerous candidate for the economy in his lifetime. he writes, if trump is elected, i would expect a protracted recession to begin within 18 months. the damage would be felt far beyond the united states. he thinks global stock markets should be worried with trump. he served as a high ranking official in the obama administration advising on money policy. federal reserve chair janet yellen was asked about a trump
presidency. they politely deflected that question. voters tend to side with him in polls when asked who could best handle the economy. i tell you, a lot of the big money movers on wall street are trying to wager for the world if it had president trump in it. in just hours, new protections added at the cincinnati zoo where a 3-year-old fell in the gorilla closure. also what the prosecutor had to say about the child's mother. that's next.
enclosure. after investigating, the prosecutor determined the mother was not at fault. we get more from cnn's brynn. >> reporter: hamilton county prosecuting attorney joe deters said they wept to the zoo and collected video and ultimately they decided no charges would be placed against this mother. he said what they saw was this mother turned her back for merely seconds to tend to one of her other three children at the zoo and that is when her boy climbed through the fence and into the enclosure. the prosecutor said any parent with a child that age can understand how this happened. it was certainly tragic. as for the family, they released a statement saying they thought this would happen and no charges would be filed and this is soot step forward to getting past this tragedy and they hope to
get back to a normal life. the zoo will reopen later today. there will be a higher fence at that particular exhibit. it raised six inches to 42 inches high and a knotted netting underneath it. hopefully no one can crawl under again and prevent this tragedy from happening again. back to you, christine and john. the gulf coast taking a pounding from tropical storm colin. st. pete beach got the worst of it with homes and streets under water. locals have not seen flooding like this in decades. the skyway bridge had to be shutdown. nearly 10,000 homes without power. 6,000 national guard members on stand by. the war waging in syria. trying to liberate cities from the terrorists. we go there live next.
fierce fighting on two fronts in the battle against isis. u.s.-backed forces in syria have terrorists surrounded on three sides in the city of manbij. in iraq, civilians trying to flee the fighting in fallujah are being shot on the spot by isis. the u.s. is playing a role from air and sea. "uss harry truman" dropping artillery.
we had frederik pleitgen who spend time on "uss harry truman." what did you see? >> reporter: we saw the fight on isis. the u.s. has moved the carrier from the persian gulf to here in the mediterranean sea where it is a few flying minutes to get over the areas, especially of northern syria. you mentioned it. "harry truman" dropped more than any other fleet. 1.5 million pounds of bombs that hit isis targets. we talked to some of the pilots who flew the strike missions here on targets in syria. at the same time, the crew and ship aware of the additional bombings could put civilians in harm's way. they are tying to use accurate bombs, but that will become more
difficult, christine, as the fighting gets more urban like fallujah right now. you mentioned the situation of the civilians there is dire to begin with. people trying to flee. people getting executed by isis. others used as human shields. certainly a delicate operation by the u.s. forces. >> families hiding trying to get out. some families losing the young men in their families because isis is trying to use them as soldiers or killing them. fred, thank you for that. we have breaking news overnight. hillary clinton making history. she is now the presumptive nominee of the democratic party. the super delegates put her over the top while you were sleeping. what this means for the lexice n election contest today and for her primary opponent who is not giving up.
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enough delegates to clinch the democratic nomination. the race is not over. millions vote across the country today. bernie sanders says he can flip hundreds of super delegates supporting the presumptive nominee. donald trump refuses to back down for saying the judge sitting on the trump university case cannot be fair because of his mexican heritage. he is facing new criticism from his party and launching an interesting conference call. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. 32 minutes past the hour. our breaking news this morning. hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee. something that could not be said yesterday at this time. wasn't expected to be possible until maybe this evening. with a strong showing in the puerto rico primary and newly added super delegates from a cnn canvas, clinton now has a total of 2,384 delegates. that is one more than needed to
win the nomination. this is historic moment. hillary clinton is the first woman to become a major party's presumptive nominee. she is not celebrating yet. it is clear she did not want this moment to happen yet. not with voters in six states casting ballots in the final super tuesday of the primary season. cnn's brianna keilar with the clinton campaign in california with more. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. hillary clinton and her campaign are not saying mission accomplished about these reports. they want to make sure that voter turnout in support of clinton is not dampened in new jersey and california and other states voting today. she was asked about these reports seven times by cnn's reporter dan merika. here's what she said before a crowd in long beach. >> according to the news, we are on the brink of an historic,
unprecedented moment. but we still have work to do, don't we? we have six elections tomorrow and we're going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in california. >> reporter: it is also a fine line that hillary clinton is walking. her campaign actually campaigning off this news saying it's all thanks to you. seriously. but this primary is not quite over. she wants to focus on new jersey where the campaign is feeling good and on california where it really is up for grabs and so important for her to win the huge delegate haul with the state. to show strength moving into the general election especially as bernie sanders is saying he is taking the fight to the democratic convention in july.
john and christine. >> thank you, brianna keilar. bernie sanders rejects the notion that hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee for the party. he released a statement, hillary clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of delegates. she is dependent on super delegates. our job from now until the convention is to convince the super delegates that bernie is by far the best candidate against donald trump. sanders at the final rally in san francisco made clear he was counting on victories today to carry him to the democratic convention. >> if there is a large voter turnout. if working people and young people come out in big numbers to demand a government that represents all of us and not just the 1%, we're going to win big tomorrow.
and if we can win here in california, win in south dakota, north dakota, montana, new mexico, do well in new jersey, we're going to go into that convention with enormous momentum. >> some extraordinary developments on the republican side of the race. donald trump is not backing down in the face of sharp criticism, much within his party. trump attacked the federal judge in the trump university lawsuit. very much an american. trump has called the judge a hater and questions his fairness because of his mexican heritage. now sources tell cnn that trump held a conference call with s surrogates and all but ordered them to turn you have attacks on the judge. two sources say trump will not apologize. he lashed out at his campaign for circulating a memo for suggesting that trump supporters refrain from commenting on the
matter. trump was not apologizing, but focused the discussion on other issues. listen. >> i don't care if the judge is mexican or not. i'll do great with the mexican people. i don't care about mexico. we are treated unfairly, bill. i want to talk about how lousy the economy is and how badly we're doing against isis. how badly we're doing on the border. every time i go into a show, all they want to talk about is trump university. >> let's talk about all this right now. the race for president. joining us is eugene scott from cnn politics. overnight, if you happen to go to sleep early, like christine romans and me, hillary clinton became the democratic party's presumptive nominee while everyone was sleeping. new counts coming in. this is history, eugene. >> very much so. this has never happened before. a lot of attention on social media was magnifying the significance of it.
despite the fact that hillary clinton was tempered in her response to it because tonight is still a big night. she still wants people to come out and show up and vote and have the opportunity to have their say in the election. it certainly was something that got a lot of attention from people on multiple sides of the aisle for the significance and symbolic nature. >> we know the president is expected to make an endorsement in coming days. maybe as early as tomorrow. josh earnest was asked about that in his briefing. >> the president was pretty clear. once the voters in new jersey and california have an opportunity to express their preference about who should represent the democratic party in the general election, we may be in a position where we have a much greater sense of the outcome is likely to be. >> we know the president has called bernie sanders and bernie sanders was asked about that
phone call with the president. >> he was. you saw that bernie sanders wasn't really willing to share much about the phone call. i'm sure if the phone call was supportive and encouraging, mr. sanders would have made that very clear. he did not. that's not surprising to most people because people believe that the president believes that hillary clinton is the best person to continue the agenda and legacy that he put forward. ultimately, we know the president wants to unify the party and encourage the sanders campaign to get on board and make the democrats as effective as possible in defeating trump in november. >> and maybe the president can reach the bernie sanders voters who have been reluctant. the younger, progressive voters. >> that is the hope. bernie sanders is winning with millennial voters and president obama did well with millennial
voters. there are demographics that president obama and bernie sanders have more in common than hillary clinton does. they are hoping that if hillary clinton wasn't able to convince some bernie sanders voters to get on board, then maybe president obama can. >> he will have to be healer in chief. i want to talk about the republicans for a moment. marco rubio. he was on camera yesterday discussing the trump university judge situation. the look on his face says it all. let's watch. >> i made a commitment during the race i would support the nominee of my party. this is not the choice i wanted us to have, obviously. i ran myself. look, i continue to have strong disagreements with him on a bunch of issues. frankly, i'm very disturbed by the way he keeping referring to the judge. an american born in indiana. he continues to raise issues
about. i hope he will stop doing that. that's what the voters have given us in the primary. we will see what happens. >> the judge by the way had to be guarded by security at one point because of his work against the mexican drug cartels. the frenzy within his own party over the judge thing just continues. trump, we know from the call he had with surrogates. he is not backing down. he is telling people keep going on this. >> very much so. we saw yesterday former arizona governor jan brewer reporting to receive a memo instructing not to talk about the trump university case. donald trump strongly dismissed that report and encouraged people to defend him and explain why it is he was concerned about the judge's mexican heritage. donald trump is not backing down despite the fact that many people within the republican
establishment have said his words are concerning about this judge and other judges. he also expressed concern about people of muslim faith on judicial courts being able to rule fairly. he has been consistent with what with we have seen of him in this campaign. >> all right. eugene scott. thank you so much. we will talk to you in a bit. that's politics. early start on your money. the dow futures are higher building on solid gains yesterday. stocks in europe and asia are higher. why the buying mood? janet yellen took a june rate hike off the table. the weak jobs report disappointing. after her speech, the dow up 113 points. yellin did not offer any clues to the next rate hike, she did say she is seriously worried about one thing outside the u.s. >> one development that could shift investors' sentiment is
the up coming referendum in the united kingdom. the vote to exit the european union could have significant economic repercussions. >> that vote on june 23rd. recent polls show rising support for the move to leave the eurozone. this is something that bankers and manufacturers and economists are starting to closely watch. even retail banks are starting to train their workers what to do. >> a lot of jitters here. this morning, the cincinnati zoo reopens with new security after the 3-year-old fell in the gorilla enclosure. what the zoo is doing and what the prosecutors are now saying about the case.
secure barrier. it comes after the zoo was forced to kill harambe the gorilla to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell in the enclosure. prosecutors have cleared the boy's mother to determine she was not at fault. the barrier which repeatedly passed inspections will be a half foot taller than before and a knotted rope netting at the bottom. the california serial killer known as the grim sleeper has been sentenced to death. lonnie david franklin will be back in court in august. the superior court judge will have the final say. franklin was convicted of killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl over a 22-year period in los angeles. the former mechanic and sanitation worker is responsibility for more than two dozen deaths. in northern california,
outrage over the six month sentence over the stanford university swimmer for raping an unconscious woman last year. prosecutors asked for a six-year prison sentence for the 20-year-old who was convicted back in march. a very powerful impact statement from the victim was read in court last week. recall effort was launched monday to remove the judge who was a stanford alum from the bench. the father added fuel to the fire with an appeal for lenie y leniency. he said his son paid a heavy price for quote 20 minutes of action. the gulf coast of florida taking a pounding from tropical storm colin. st. pete beach taking the worst of it with flooding. the winds were so fierce the skyway bridge had to be shutdown. 6,000 national guard members are on stand by. where is tropical storm colin headed next?
let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, john and christine. colin made landfall this morning across the big bend of florida. one storm is disorganized. much of the heavy rainfall across the region. we are watching for higher flooding concerns. this storm is screaming across the eastern seaboard by this afternoon. progressing 25 to 30 miles per hour as it moves off the coast of carolinas. we still have tropical storm warnings in place across parts of western florida, but also in portions of the carolinas and coastal georgia. we have seen pockets of heavy rainfall across tallahassee where 10 inches of rainfall has come a crossing south of jacksonville. the next round of rain to be confined to tampa area and out to orlando. notice much of it wants to stay offshore as it pushes off the coastline this afternoon.
the other story we are watching is the heat developing. run of 90 degree days as the massive ridge begins to build. by saturday and sunday, a good area of the country with the heat index up to 100 degree as cross the areas indicated in red. thank you, pedram. how does a company turn customers into shareholders? give them stock for free. we'll tell you what well known consumer brand is doing just that when we get an early start on your money.
shot on the spot by isis. the u.s. is playing a key role from the air and sea. the "uss harry truman" dropping more on toargets. we have frederik pleitgen who spent time on "harry truman." fred, an interesting deployment of this carrier to get closer to the action, no? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. they did get closer to the action. the "uss harry truman" was station in the gulf. that aircraft carrier has been moved closer to the mediterranean where it has a few minutes of flight time and you are over northern syria and eastern syria as well. you mentioned no other ship in the u.s. fleet has dropped more ordinance on isis.
dropping up to 1.5 million pounds of ammunition. a lot of air strikes flown. we were on the carrier and talked to some of the pilots flying the first missions from here in the mediterranean. they say right now what it is is the close air combat. they are told of a target and they do that very quickly and they go back to the carrier. nevertheless, the missions can take between 5 and 7 hours in the air. right now is a decisive time, john. as you mentioned, isis threatened of losing strongholds in syria and iraq. a lot of concern especially in fallujah where a lot of the civilians are trying to flee. many getting executed by isis. others used as human shields by isis. of course, the fact that fighting there is getting ever closer to the city center of fallujah means the civilians that are still trapped are at greater risk than before.
human rights groups believe some 50,000 people might still be trapped in the city of fallujah as the fighting moves closer. >> the fighting continuing as you say. fred, thank you so much. breaking overnight. a bomb targeting a police shuttle hit an historic corridor in istanbuistanbul. the car bomb detonated during rush hour as a bus carrying police officers passed by. no claim of responsibility so far. we will keep our eye on this story and keep you updated. 58 minutes past the hour. an early start on your money. stock futures solidly higher. investors looking to build on yesterday's gains after janet yellen took a rate hike off the table. stock markets in europe and asia higher. oil up fractionally. t-mobile wants to make investors out of customers as a thank you. the company is offering account
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